New research reflects the complexity of both mindfulness and ADHD.

A new study shows benefit to children as young as seven years old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when they practice mindfulness. Perhaps surprisingly, the study is not really about attention. Instead, the researchers measured improvements around behavior and emotion. That’s because neither ADHD nor mindfulness specifically has to do with focus. On a much grander level, both ADHD and mindfulness impact all of our lives.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

It’s not uncommon to hear well-meaning mindfulness researchers suggest that since ADHD is an attention disorder then practicing focus through mindfulness should eliminate it. But ADHD isn’t an attention disorder.

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